Roderick Hired, Coaching Staff Complete

Jan. 20, 2009

SEATTLE - Aaron Roderick has been hired as wide receivers coach for the Washington football team, first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today. The hiring means that the nine-man, full-time assistant coaching staff is now complete.

Roderick, who was a teammate of Sarkisian's in 1996 at Brigham Young, comes to the UW from Utah, where he spent the last four seasons coaching wideouts for the Utes. This season, Utah finished the regular season with a 13-0 record and a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes led the Mountain West and were 15th in the nation with 36.9 points per game in 2008.

In each of his four seasons on the staff at Utah, the Utes earned a postseason bowl berth, playing in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl, the 2006 Armed Forces Bowl and the 2005 Emerald Bowl. The Utes won all four of their bowl games during Roderick's tenure.

Prior to his time at Utah, Roderick, 36, was offensive coordinator, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons (2003-04) at Southern Utah. He also spent one year at Snow College (Ephraim, Utah) as running backs coach and three seasons at BYU as a graduate assistant.

After earning junior college All-America honors as a wide receiver at Ricks College, Roderick transferred to BYU, where he redshirted the 1996 season before earning a starting spot in 1997 and 1998. He earned both his bachelor's (sociology, 1998) and master's (sociology, 2002) degrees from BYU. His wife, Laurel Simpson-Roderick, was a four-year starting soccer player at BYU and is an assistant coach with the Utah women's soccer program.

2009 Washington Football Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian
Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coord.: Nick Holt
Offensive Coord./Offensive Line: Jim Michalczik
Linebackers: Mike Cox
Secondary/Cornerbacks: Demetrice Martin
Secondary/Safeties: Jeff Mills
Defensive Line/Special Teams: Johnny Nansen
Quarterbacks/Passing Game Coord.: Doug Nussmeier
Wide Receivers: Aaron Roderick
Running Backs: Joel Thomas

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